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      Mutual Don Lee Broadcasting System (KHJ) Building, 1313 Vine Street, now the Academy Linwood Dunn Theater (ca. 1950)

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    Clifton's Brookdale Cafeteria at 648 South Broadway in Los Angeles (ca. 1935)

    Old Anaheim orange trees still on the outskirts of Fantasyland the year Disneyland opened (1955)

    The Disneyland employee cafeteria (1961)

    Hollywood movies on local location often preserved views of Los Angeles' architecture and development. This is a screen shot of Jack Carson and Doris Day flagging a cab in the parking lot of Schwab’s in MY DREAM IS YOURS (1949). It is an uncommon color shot of Schwab’s from its west side. Across the street we can see a “Glorifried Ham n' Eggs", likely the same chain as Tom Breneman's on Vine Street.

    Linda Teply and Barbara Terhune ride their bikes before attending opening-day classes at UC Irvine, by Frank Q. Brown for the Los Angeles Times (October 4, 1965)

    The Beverly Hills Hotel addition, designed by architects Paul Williams and Elmer Grey, and photographed by Julius Schulman (1950)

    The Piggly Wiggly Market on North Beverly Drive (ca. 1935), photographed by Marc Wanamaker of Bison Archives via Beverly Hills Historical Society.

    The southwest corner of Wilshire Boulevard at Beverly Drive (1939). The Beverly Wilshire Hotel is to the west background and the Walter G. McCarty Building at center. Photograph by Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives via the Beverly Hills Historical Society

    The Beverly Theatre, located on the northeast corner of Beverly Drive and Wilshire, photographed by Marc Wanamaker via the Beverly Hills Historical Society (1960)

    According to the caption that went with this photograph on the UCLA Library’s Digitial Collections website, these are UCLA students “rampaging” in November 1966 on the 405 Freeway near Wilshire Boulevard after learning that USC was going to the Rose Bowl, bringing traffic to a standstill.

    This is the 8800 block of Wilshire Boulevard near Robertson Boulevard in 1940, photographed by Ansel Adams. Those infant palm trees are now four stories high, and Wilshire probably hasn’t been that empty since before World War II.

    Los Angeles City Hall at night (ca. 1951), via the USC Libraries

    The sound stage and Animator’s Building #1 at the original Walt Disney Studio, located at 2719 Hyperion Avenue, taken toward the southwest from across Monon Street, courtesy of David Lesjak (1931). John Marshall High School is visible on a low hill in the distance. A Gelson's Market occupies the site today.

    The Max Factor building on Highland Avenue just south of Hollywood Boulevard is one of the few original buildings from the 1930s that remains as impressive in design now as it was back then. It now houses the Hollywood Museum. But it wasn’t Max Factor’s original plan. This model shows us the much larger structure that he originally had in mind. Presumably financial constraints forced him to rethink and scale down.

    The George Sturges House was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1939 at 449 North Skyewiay Road in the Brentwood Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, seen here in a 1947 photograph by Pedro Guerrero. Wright hired Taliesin fellow John Lautner to oversee its construction. It inspired the mountaintop residence in NORTH BY NORTHWEST. Sturges House is the only structure in Southern California built in the modern style Wright called Usonian design. It remains a private residence, which was owned by the late actor Jack Larson until his death in September 2015.

    The original Walt Disney Studios at 2719 Hyperion in Hollywood

    This is a view looking southeast at the block on Rodeo Drive ending at the northeast corner of Wilshire and Rodeo opposite from the Beverly Wilshire Hotel (1957). It was a regular, flat block of low-rise stores anchored by a Wilson’s House of Suede. Today it's a faux European-like walkway called Via Rodeo with an artificial hill in the middle.

    Photographed by Bob Mizer at Santa Monica's "Muscle Beach" (ca. 1951). Bodybuilding culture and Mizer's photography had a substantial gay following in that earlier era. The Purser Apartments building, visible in the background, still stands at 1659 Ocean Front Walk.

    Ed Fury lifting Abbye "Pudgy" Stockton at Santa Monica's "Muscle Beach", photographed by Bob Mizer (1951). Bodybuilding culture and Mizer's photography had a substantial gay following in that earlier era. The Purser Apartments building, visible in the background, still stands at 1659 Ocean Front Walk.

    A aerial view of Disneyland in 1955, 1960, and 2014

    This is Wilshire Boulevard in 1936. The Brown Derby, the entrance to the Ambassador Hotel, the Gaylord Apartments, and, in the far distance, the tower of the Bullock’s Wilshire department store are all visible.

    The main lounge of the Brentwood Country Club in Los Angeles (1958)

    Map of territory annexed to the City of Los Angeles (1918)

    The Coffee Cup Cafe in Los Angeles

    The Wilshire Coffee Pot, located at 8601 Wilshire Boulevard, and featuring Ben-Hur Coffee